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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,768Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 100 out of 2888

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 183 out of 2888

927 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Texas
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 927 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 927 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,846 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Texas
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,318 828 S3 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 742 628 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 679 515 3 7
FUROSEMIDE 663 504 4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 648 524 5 5
LISINOPRIL 576 460 6 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 569 495 7 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 466 377 8 10
METFORMIN HCL 374 288 9 8
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 371 255 10 32
GABAPENTIN 352 271 11 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 310 242 12 14
SERTRALINE HCL 278 208 13 27
GLIPIZIDE ER 276 237 14 107
WARFARIN SODIUM 214 174 15 22
SINGULAIR 207 152 16 85
TRAMADOL HCL 206 124 17 16
ATENOLOL 200 158 18 25
CLONIDINE HCL 200 142 18 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 198 161 20 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 188 168 21 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 187 177 22 23
MELOXICAM 185 112 23 31
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 184 133 24 49
CARVEDILOL 176 121 25 21
CLOPIDOGREL 173 151 26 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 172 124 27 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 172 132 27 18
NIFEDIPINE ER 169 136 29 76
NEXIUM 150 108 30 19
PLAVIX 150 127 30 40
GEMFIBROZIL 140 117 32 98
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 139 111 33 63
CEPHALEXIN 134 101 34 119
DIOVAN 133 121 35 35
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 128 96 36 93
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 126 100 37 153
TRAZODONE HCL 120 60 38 43
FAMOTIDINE 117 102 39 75
PREDNISONE 116 87 40 42
PAROXETINE HCL 114 84 41 84
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 113 87 42 9
LANTUS 111 88 43 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 110 80 44 51
LEVOFLOXACIN 107 74 45 57
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 105 82 46 47
PROAIR HFA 103 54 47 71
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 100 84 48 116
GLIMEPIRIDE 99 91 49 36
PROMETHAZINE HCL 98 26 R 50 96
SPIRIVA 95 74 51 79
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 93 85 52 12
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 91 64 R 53 74
MIRTAZAPINE 90 86 54 54
KLOR-CON M20 82 60 55 90
METRONIDAZOLE 81 63 56 256
GLIPIZIDE 81 69 56 50
JANUVIA 80 54 58 48
AMIODARONE HCL 79 78 59 167
NIFEDICAL XL 79 76 59 190
DONEPEZIL HCL 76 67 61 26
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 75 61 62 92
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 57 62 15
CRESTOR 75 26 62 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 64 65 60
SPIRONOLACTONE 74 44 65 70
BYSTOLIC 72 52 67 99
INSULIN SYRINGE 71 54 68 86
CITALOPRAM HBR 69 59 69 24
KLOR-CON 8 69 61 69 265
LIDODERM 67 34 71 105
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 67 44 71 123
KLOR-CON 10 65 36 73 195
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 65 54 73 156
CELEBREX 65 29 73 89
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 64 51 76 94
HYDRALAZINE HCL 64 54 76 59
FENOFIBRATE 63 59 78 65
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 63 54 R 78 64
MECLIZINE HCL 60 44 80 122
HYDROXYZINE HCL 60 34 R 80 174
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 59 38 82 171
LOVASTATIN 59 59 82 41
ALLOPURINOL 58 42 84 37
PEN NEEDLE 57 36 85 110
ZETIA 57 57 85 81
DIGOXIN 57 56 85 55
COUMADIN 56 39 88 219
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 56 36 88 253
LYRICA 55 31 90 69
LIPITOR 54 45 91 78
AZITHROMYCIN 53 36 92 38
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 53 53 92 134
FINASTERIDE 52 52 94 102
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 52 33 94 112
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 51 0 R 96 68
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Jan. 13, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.